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We have grown quickly in recent years, enhancing our reputation and increasing turnover, which now stands at almost £100m. Now an established Top 30 national law firm, we have eight offices, the latest of which opened in Manchester, in January 2009. Our growth has been driven by a commercially driven strategy of seizing opportunities in a changing market, while at the same time staying close to our clients and providing them with the best possible legal advice. At the same time, we have developed an excellent work/life balance alongside an enterprising culture, one that has acted as a magnet for some of the brightest and best legal talent. It is this that has enabled us to expand organically. Culture and brand help us stand out, and our strong values programme is reinforced at every job interview, promotion opportunity, and performance and development review. We believe that a service-oriented, client-centred law firm stands the best chance of thriving as the much anticipated Legal Services Act approaches, and the significant changes it will bring. And in February 2010 we announced Access Legal from Shoosmiths, a new brand bringing together more than 100 consumer services in seven areas: conveyancing; employment law advice; legal disputes; medical negligence solicitors; motoring law; personal injury solicitors; and Wills, family and wealth. Its aim is to make legal services easily accessible to consumers, while at the same time complementing Shoosmiths' corporate client offering.

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All aboard the insolvency express: recent changes for practitioners

As we reach the 30th anniversary of the Insolvency Act, the legislators have decided it is time to dust the profession down and bring out a shiny new model for us to hop aboard and take a journey into the unknown. But what do these changes mean in practice, and is there a theme running through them?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 12 May 2016 | Practice Area: Insolvency

Tipping point? Opaque service charge practices under scrutiny

Across the hospitality and leisure sectors, there are a variety of conventions with regards to tipping and service charges. Following reports of unfair practices by some employers, the government has launched a 'call for evidence' to investigate these concerns. This briefing looks at some of the issues...view abstract

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 05 May 2016 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

My employer is in administration: what does this mean for me?

Retailers BHS and Austin Reed have recently gone into administration, leaving 11,000 and 1,200 jobs respectively at risk. In such uncertain times, what rights do affected employees have? This Shoosmiths briefing looks at some of the key considerations, including TUPE and employment tribunal claims.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 29 April 2016 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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Redundancies: the lesser known employer duties

Redundancies and restructures have dominated the headlines recently. Managing a redundancy process can be challenging - and the process is fraught with pitfalls for employers. This Shoosmiths briefing looks at some of the duties involved that employers often neglect.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 28 April 2016 | Practice Area: Termination of Contract

Footballers, fair play and the Equality Act: Jonas Gutierrez wins case against Newcastle Utd

An employment tribunal has found that Newcastle United FC discriminated against former player Jonas Gutierrez, and now the club faces paying considerable compensation. This case demonstrates that all employers, no matter what their status, have the same duties under the Equality Act 2010.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 April 2016 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment

Bristol Rovers v Sainsbury's: all reasonable endeavours and good faith

A recent Court of Appeal decision in a case involving Bristol Rovers Football Club and Sainsbury's has demonstrated how detailed drafting brings clarity to the scope of 'reasonable endeavours' and 'good faith' obligations.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 22 April 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Right to work in the UK: when can an employer dismiss fairly?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently considered whether an employer dismissed an employee fairly in the mistaken belief they no longer had the right to work in the UK. This briefing looks at the facts of the case, the decision and the practical implications for employers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 21 April 2016 | Practice Area: Termination of Contract

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard: the preparations that investors and landlords should be considering now

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard for both residential and commercial properties in England and Wales comes into force on 1 April 2018. This is less than two years away, and so investors need to start to take action now, as this Shoosmiths briefing explains.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 20 April 2016 | Practice Area: Environment

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A cautionary tale: Court of Appeal confirms deleted words may be used as an aid to meaning

In a recent case, the Court of Appeal held that deleted words could be used as an aid to construction, if the fact of the deletion shows what it is that the parties did not agree, and there is ambiguity in the wording that remains. Shoosmiths looks at the implications of this ruling.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 15 April 2016 | Practice Area: Contract Law

How to have an 'off the record' conversation with an employee

Rather than carry out a potentially long or acrimonious dismissal process, employers may prefer to negotiate the termination of an employee's employment. In this article, Shoosmiths considers some of the key issues to be aware of before holding an 'off the record' conversation with an employee.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 08 April 2016 | Practice Area: Termination of Contract

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